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Air Conditioners and Open Doors… The Scoop

It was enacted to benefit the environment,  Local Law 092 of 2015 prohibited businesses from keeping doors open when air conditioning was on.  As a result, restaurant operators were prevented from providing patrons with a dining experience that included open doors. Hopefully change is on the way…here’s the scoop: Local Law 092 of 2015 In […]

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Letter Grades may be coming to the streets of NYC

Food trucks and carts are subject to inspections by the Department of health, however unlike restaurants the results are not posted for public view. That is about to change … The City Council unanimously voted in favor of bill number 1456 that will require food trucks and carts to adhere to the letter grade system […]

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New Wood/Coal Oven Requirements

In effort to reduce pollutants released into the environment known to cause asthma and other respiratory problems, NYC has enacted new rules regarding “cook stoves” Here’s what you should know… Cook Stoves – wood or coal fired ovens Emission control device – equipment that is installed on a cook stove to reduce emissions. Section 24-149.5 […]

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New NYC Calorie Labeling Requirements For Chain Food Establishments

As per the NYC Health Code’s calorie labeling requirements, all chain restaurants must now post new information statements and change the way some calorie information is posted. If you have 15 or more food service locations under the same name, you are considered a chain restaurant. While the FDA will not begin enforcement of similar […]

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Salt Wars

On February 10th, 2017, the State Appelate Divison, ruled that NYC Board of Health acted constitutionally and within its authority when it ordered *chain restaurants to put a salt warning label on all foods that have more than a days worth of sodium content.  Sounds like a lot of salt, actually it’s about a teaspoon. […]

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Dining with Service and Companion Dogs

What every food service operator needs to know about Dining with Service and Companion Dogs **Service dogs – Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability **Companion dogs- Pets The Breakdown PHL Sec.1352-e gives owners the option to allow companion dogs in […]

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New NYC Legislation Requires Gender Neutral Bathrooms

New NYC Legislation Requires Gender Neutral Bathrooms – June 28, 2016 A new law signed by Mayor Deblasio requires single occupant restrooms in public places like restaurants and bars to be gender neutral. The Rule Effective January 2017 all single occupant bathrooms should be made available for use by persons of any sex (Article 315 […]

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RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MENU WARNINGS AS OF JANUARY 1ST, 2016

New Health Warning As of January 1st 2016, Sec. 81.11 of the New York Health Code mandates that all food service establishments serving meat,fish, molluscan shellfish or unpasteurized raw shell eggs raw or undercooked (prepared below a temperture required by the Code) must include specific written  language on their menus. Old Health Warning Although warnings were always […]

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COMPLYING WITH SMOKING LAWS

The NYC Department of Health requires every food service establishment to post a sign along with a non smoking policy. The sign now includes E-cigarette language.  Although non compliance does not carry any violation points, money fines will be assessed. Download both the sign and the language below and post immediately. Make sure that the sign is printed with a color […]

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5 REASONS WHY RESTAURANTS NEED TO CONDUCT INDEPENDENT MOCK INSPECTIONS MONTHLY

A mock inspection is an unannounced inspection simulated to recreate a Department of Health (DOHMH) Inspection. Why is it important for restaurants and all food service establishments to get independent mock inspections every month? We get asked this question all the time… Besides the fact that they are the key to that coveted “A” letter grade […]

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